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Information & News from the KZYX General Manager

We are pleased to announce that the Community Advisory Board (CAB) will be holding several meetings in the further reaches of our listening area. These will be informal meetings, meaning that there may not be a quorum of CAB members present, and nothing will be voted on. The first meeting will be held in Elk on Tuesday evening, February 23rd, at the Greenwood School, 5150 S. Hwy 1, at 6:30 pm.

The CAB wants to hear from you, discuss what you are interested in regarding KZYX, and will take your comments to the next KZYX Board of Directors meeting. There will be snacks and beverages. For more information on the CAB meeting in Elk, call (707) 877-3475.

Thanks to those members who are running for open positions on the Board of Directors. To the right of this article you will find a list of candidates. Soon we will be posting the candidate statements. The on air candidate forum will be held on Thursday, March 3rd at 7pm.

Earlier this week I met with our former General Manager (John Coate) and our transmitter engineer. I was told the transmitters are in very good shape. The connections with our studios in Mendocino and Willits are not working well, and are going through complete software upgrades at this time. We apologize for the inconvenience to our programmers from Willits and Mendocino, and to our listeners, who have had to experience frequent drop outs of the studio connections. Our staff is standing by during all of our remote studio shows, and many of our programmers are coming to Philo to do their shows until the upgrades are completed and tested.

Thanks for your patience. Just so you know, some of us have been working 15-20 hour days to sort out technical difficulties and details. We want all of our broadcasts to run smoothly, and we have a steep learning curve to do what our long time Program Director/Music Director (Mary Aigner) and Operations Manager (Rich Culbertson) were able to accomplish on a daily basis. Mary retired after 22 years with the station, and Rich resigned after eight years of superb technical support. We have a big legacy to live up to!

Lorraine Dechter
General Manager KZYX & Z
Mendocino County Public Broadcasting
(707) 895-2324

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Morning News Monday, Nov 12th

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TODAY IS the observance of VETERANS DAY, A NAT'L HOLIDAY, all state & Federal offices ARE CLOSED.


Local Mendocino vote counts are only "preliminary" because only 18,577 votes were counted on election night, barely more than half of the total votes cast. 


REGISTRAR OF VOTERS Susan Ranochak announced that her office was sitting on 17,795 vote-by-mail ballots, including 1,029 provisional ballots. Approximately 1,608 of the ballots are from the  Fort Bragg, which represents double the 805 ballots counted on election night. 

In Willits, the outstanding ballots number about 836, almost as many as the 860 tallied so far. And in Point Arena, there are another 95 uncounted ballots, while only 88 were counted election night. Under state law the Registrar’s Office has 28 days to certify the election and produce the final results.

But it's not just Mendocino in this situation. Statewide there are  3,334,495 ballots to count.




A new retirement tier for county employees will be considered by the Mendocino Board of Supervisors tomorrow as part of an effort to comply with new state law.

Gov. Brown signed legislation enacting the Public Employees Pension Reform Act (PEPRA), effective in January 2013. A working group will give the board an overview of PEPRA and outline the "required sequence of actions prior to January 1, 2013."

All of the bargaining groups that negotiate on behalf of county employees have already agreed to implement a new tier.

Under PEPRA , the county could have a 50/50 sharing arrangement for "normal costs for current employees-- a change that would need to be negotiated with the county's employee unions.

For existing employees who are already members of the retirement system, PEPRA would require the retirement board to define pensionable income and prohibit "retroactive benefit enhancements.

PEPRA also increases retirement age and reducethe pension formula for new employees.

The meeting begins at 1:30 p.m. in the Mendocino Administration Center,  501 Low Gap Road, in Ukiah.







In response to the superior Court's intention to cut hours and services at Ft Bragg's Ten Mile Court, Mendocino's DA David Eyster has issued a statement criticizing the move.

“ I am ADAMANTLY opposed to what the judges are proposing for Fort Bragg. Any minor cost savings realized from the Ten Mile court is literally being transferred to the wallets of coastal residents and coastal law enforcement if this goes through. 

More than ever coasties will have to make MORE treks over the hill to Ukiah, costing victims and witnesses time and $ and leaving less police officers to protect coastal public safety — while they travel back and forth to and hang out in the Ukiah courthouse."

Eyster cited the proposed multi-million dollar new courthouse and the appointment of two new highly paid judges as examples of other places to cut costs.





He concluded: " The court’s office telephone is 463-4664 M-F. Please be polite but let Judge Henderson and his colleagues know that this is Ukiah-centric and a bad plan.”








After 20 months of work, the Frank Grasse Dog Park on Commercial Street just west of the Willits Skate Park opened officially Friday at 1 p.m. with Willits City Councilwoman Holly Madrigal, and Frances Grasse, the widow of beloved local veterinarian Dr. Frank Grasse. Presiding.

The Willits City Council voted in October 2011 to allow volunteers to build the park on city-owned land.

Future plans for the park include planting more trees, installing a large water trough where dogs can get wet on hot days, and building a rain/shade shelter. Volunteers will be fencing in a special area where "small and old dogs" can play safely. 

Dog park T-shirts are available at East Hill Veterinary Clinic and The Book Juggler; where there are also donation cans.













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MCPB Board of Directors Elections

Mendocino County Public Broadcasting is holding elections for its Board of Directors. If you were a KZYX member in good standing by December 31st, you will soon be receiving a ballot for the election of the board's open seats. (All of our programmers will also receive a ballot for the Programmer-Elected seat)

Your  ballot must be returned by mail in the envelope provided. Do NOT send your ballot to the station! If you do, it will not be counted. We must receive your ballot by March 31st.

To find out about the candidates, tune in to the on-air candidates forum on Thurs., March 3rd at 7pm.

If you haven't received your ballot by March 1st, please let us know by sending an email to:  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. , or by calling the station at (707) 895-2324.

The candidates are as follows:


John Azarro

John Sakowicz

Charlie Hochberg

Richard Louis Miller

Jeff Wright


Stuart Campbell

Robert Vaughan

Johanna Wildoak


Jonathon Middlebrook


Get The KZYX App For Your iPhone

Go to the Apple App Store on your iPhone or iPad and search for KZYX.  The app is free of charge.  It's a great way to get the live stream, the KZYX Jukebox, this website and to make a donation.  Follow this link for a preview and easy access to the download.  Or if you want to type it out here is the URL: https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/kzyx/id998145015?mt=8

KZYX Phone Numbers

Business office 707-895-2324

Philo studio 707-895-2448

Willits studio 707-456-9991

Mendocino studio 707-937-5103

KZYX Underwriting

KZYX doesn’t play commercials but we do have underwriting, which is very different from advertising. It is a great way to support KZYX and in exchange we will let our listeners know what goods and services your organization offers.

For questions about underwriting on KZYX, call (707) 895-2324 or email uw [at] kzyx [dot] org